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University Communications fonds

  • F-61
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 2016, predominant 1964-1999

Fonds consists of records created or received by Media and Public Relations in the course of carrying out its administrative and operational functions. Activities and topics documented include the establishment, organization and operation of the unit; photographing SFU people, places and events for campus publications; providing information to the public; arranging special events; liaising with other units in the University; and producing press releases, brochures, and on-going publications.

University Communications

Columbia River Treaty audio collection

  • F-227
  • Collection
  • 1974

Collection consists of records available in multiple formats relating to the 14-lecture series "Canadian-American Relations: Perspectives on the Columbia River Treaty" held at Simon Fraser University in 1974.

The Columbia River Treaty was an agreement between Canada and the United States for flood control and the construction of dams for the generation of hydroelectricity. Four dams were constructed - three in Canada (Mica, Arrow, and Duncan) and one in the United States (Libby). The treaty was signed in 1961 but was not ratified by the Canadian Parliament. The treaty was so controversial that a Protocol was drawn up, which eventually defined the monetary terms and operational procedures without changing any of the physical plan. The Protocol was agreed upon in 1964.

The lecture series was organized through the combined efforts of the Canadian Studies Program, the Department of Continuing Studies, and the Alumni Association and was chaired by Professor George Cook of the History Department. Each lecture was given by a person who had been closely connected to the Columbia River Treaty. Admission to attend the lectures was free. All lectures were held in the East Concourse Cafeteria, SFU (Burnaby campus).

Collection consists of audio recordings of the Columbia River Treaty lecture series advertised by Simon Fraser University as "a series of talks and panels designed to increase public understanding of this issue in Canadian-American relations on the international, national, regional and local levels and from the political, legal, economic, geographic and social aspects." The collection also consists of transcripts compiled by BC Hydro (Dania Robinson) in 2011 from the audio recordings of the Columbia River Treaty lecture series. Due to variable audio quality, the transcripts are not a full disclosure of the lectures. Researchers are advised to review access copies of the original audio recordings.

Document types include reel to reel, audio cassette tapes, digital (mp3 format) as well as transcripts (paper and PDF formats) of the audio recordings.

Simon Fraser Student Society fonds

  • F-74
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 2009

Fonds consists of records created, received, and collected by the Simon Fraser Student Society and its affiliated groups on campus in the course of administration of student government and business. Included are records relating to the Constitution, minutes of Executive meetings, the Executive, finance and budgets, campus committees, elections, student unions, clubs and affiliated groups, publications, subject files, and audio material.

Simon Fraser Student Society

Elinor Ames fonds

  • F-125
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 1995

Fonds consists of records made and received by Elinor Ames. Correspondence consists of two files concerning the hiring of Dr. Ames, negotiations about the renewal of her contract, and her concerns about the administration of the Psychology Department. Other files contain samples of departmental publications and course materials such as exams.

Ames, Elinor

Apiculture (beekeeping) collection

  • F-110
  • Collection
  • [after 1898] - [200-]

The Apiculture (beekeeping) collection is an artificial grouping of documentary materials relating to the methods, science and culture of beekeeping. The collection was established by the SFU Archives as a complement to its other holdings relating to apiculture, such as the fonds of the British Columbia Honey Producers' Association (F-147), and the papers of SFU faculty member Mark Winston (F-174).

The collection consists of publications, conference proceedings, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and moving images. Material includes government publications, correspondence and registers of provincial beekeepers in British Columbia; published research articles, presentations and reports; course outlines and course material relating to the Bee Masters program and honey judging in British Columbia; photographs of various BC beekeeping activities and personalities; copies of meeting minutes and other records of various beekeeping associations in British Columbia and Canada; moving images featuring beekeeping activities and topics; and various subject files relating to the history of beekeeping in BC.

Student Services fonds

  • F-107
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 2014

The fonds consists of records relating to the development and administration of non-academic services for students, staff and faculty at Simon Fraser University. Activities, topics and events documented include the Dean's/Director's correspondence with student services departments, Student Society, the university community, and provincial and national organizations; participation on university committees; development of projects, programs, and workshops; and publications.

The types of documents include meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting papers; correspondence and reports; annual reports; statistical studies; budgets and financial working papers; contracts; program evaluations; and publications including student handbooks, non-credit course calendars, brochures, newsletters, course outlines, and newspaper clippings. Photographs and architectural plans are also included in the fonds.

Student Services

Simon Fraser University aerial and construction photograph collection

  • F-30
  • Collection
  • 1963 - 1978

The collection was compiled by the University Archives staff to illustrate the construction of Simon Fraser University.

The history of Simon Fraser University is reflected in its world-renowned architecture. Located atop Burnaby Mountain, SFU's design was the result of a competition held in 1963 by Dr. Gordon Shrum, the newly-appointed Chancellor of the University. The goal of the competition was to produce five winners. One architect would be awarded first prize for the overall design of SFU, while four other architects would each be invited to build a section of the University under the supervision of the winner. All entries were limited to applicants from British Columbia.

The informal guidelines for SFU's design consisted of a directive from Dr. Shrum entitled, "Notes from the Chancellor," which was distributed to the applicants. In this directive, Dr. Shrum noted many of the features that he felt were essential to the new university based upon his previous experience at the University of British Columbia. Among his recommendations were that students should be able to move from one part of the university to another without going outside, and that the large lecture theaters should be grouped together rather than scattered over the whole campus. Perhaps the most important of his criteria was that SFU should appear in 1965 essentially as it would look in 1995. In other words, it should look like a finished university, but also be designed for expansion. The design chosen was that of a young UBC architecture professor, Arthur Erickson, and his colleague Geoffrey Massey. The four other winners were William R. Rhone and Randle Iredale; Zoltan Kiss; Duncan McNab, Harry Lee, and David Logan; and Robert F. Harrison. The Erickson and Massey design had been the unanimous choice of the judges, and had met all the requirements that Shrum had outlined in his memo.

The collection consists of photographic prints and contact sheets that illustrate the physical development of SFU including site clearance, excavation, the construction of individual buildings, and completed buildings and interiors. There are a number of aerial photographs. The collection also includes photographs of the University's opening ceremonies and the installation of Dr. Shrum as Chancellor and Patrick McTaggart-Cowan as President.

Archives and Records Management Department

University Advancement fonds

  • F-53
  • Fonds
  • 1958 - 2015

Fonds consists of records arising from the activities of the SFU Development Office and its predecessors, records of the SFU Alumni Association, and records from the Three Universities Capital Fund. Fonds includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, promotional materials, address lists, lists of donations, newsletters, photographs, and other materials.

University Advancement

Peak Publications Society fonds

  • F-17
  • Fonds
  • 1965 - 2016

Fonds consists of records created or received by the Peak Publications Society primarily in the course of publishing The Peak, the student newspaper of Simon Fraser University. Activities and topics documented include the establishment and organization of the Peak Publications Society; developing sources of funding; the production of the newspaper, including the taking of photographs required to illustrate stories published; the hiring and duties of Peak staff members; and other publishing ventures of the Peak Publications Society. Includes a complete run of The Peak newspaper from 1965 and other published material such as the Terminal City Express, The Dic (student course guide), and The Peak Handbook. Also includes certification of incorporation, constitution, agendas, minutes, financial records, correspondence, and other documents, as well as contact sheets, prints, negatives, and microfilm reels.

Peak Publications Society

Zoltan Kiss fonds

  • F-48
  • Fonds
  • [196-] - 1981

Fonds consists of Zoltan Kiss's architectural drawings and plans for the Academic Quadrangle and student residences at Simon Fraser University.

Kiss, Zoltan

John M. Webster fonds

  • F-222
  • Fonds
  • 1962 - 2006

The fonds consists of records related to Webster's work as a scientist and administrator at SFU as well as records related to his involvement in a number of external organizations at the local, provincial, and national levels.

The fonds includes correspondence with colleagues and students from around the world, reports, memos and communications with SFU colleagues, and committees, reprints of research articles which he authored, correspondence with contributors to Economic Nematology (the book he edited), and records related to external organizations such as the Arts, Science and Technology Centre of BC, the Science Council of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Tynehead Zoological Society of BC.

The fonds is arranged in 8 series: Senior Administration, Correspondence & Committees, Arts Science and Technology Centre of BC, Science Council of Canada, Tynehead Zoological Society of BC, NSERC, Reprints of Research, Economic Nematology correspondence.

Webster, John M.

Department of Women's Studies collection

  • F-62
  • Collection
  • 1972 - 1992

The collection consists of agendas and minutes from the Women's Studies Coordinating Committee and the Women's Studies Graduate Committee. The collection also includes a proposal for a minor in Women's Studies and a correspondence file that contains letters exchanged between Lolita Wilson, Assistant to the Vice-President, Academic and the Committee on the Status of Women of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). The latter file also contains a copy of Wilson's 1972 report, "Women at Simon Fraser University."

Archives and Records Management Department

Canadian Association of Geographers: Western Division fonds

  • F-144
  • Fonds
  • 1958 - 2011

The fonds consists of records made or received by the WDCAG and reflect the administration and operation of the organization. Includes correspondence, minutes, reports, newsletters and publications, and other documents.

Canadian Association of Geographers: Western Division

Dallas Smythe collection (Thomas Guback collector)

  • F-41
  • Collection
  • [195-?] - 1995

The Archives holds the personal papers of the late Dallas W. Smythe (see fonds F-16), the first chair of SFU's Department of Communication Studies. Thomas H. Guback was a doctoral student of Dallas Smythe at the University of Illinois and maintained a professional relationship with Smythe for many years. Guback recently retired as a professor of communications, media studies, and advertising at the University of Illinois. He also served as a consultant in the area of the motion picture industry, and writes and hosts a television program on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

The collection consists of correspondence from or about Dallas Smythe, articles written by Dallas Smythe, copies of memorial lectures about Smythe, and photographs of Smythe at work and with his family.

The collection consists of seven files.

Halpern family fonds

  • F-58
  • Fonds
  • 1865 - 1990

Fonds consists of materials documenting mainly the personal life of the Halpern family but also includes some records relating to George's and Fanny's scientific and professional interests. Activities and topics documented include the Halperns' emigration to Canada, George's scientific research and business enterprises, his work with Brock House (a senior citizen's centre), Ida's community interests, and Fanny's medical career in China.

Halpern family

Simon Fraser University Childcare Society collection (Mary Wilson collector)

  • F-229
  • Collection
  • 1972 - 2006

The collection consists of material kept by Mary Wilson to document the evolution of child care at SFU. Collection includes letters, minutes, reports and other documents as well as a short history of early child care at the University in which Wilson explains the importance of each document in the collection.

Wilson, Mary

Press Gang Printers fonds

  • F-134
  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 1993

The fonds consists primarily of records relating to the business activities of Press Gang Printers; it also includes some records arising from the collective's participation in the British Columbia Federation of Women. Activities and events documented include incorporation, the evolution of Press Gang's organizational structure, and the separation of the printing and publishing operations; collective and committee meetings; administration and unionization; financial management, grant and loan applications, and fundraising; liaison with other organizations in the women's movement and in other social movements; production and press work; marketing and promotion; and the financial difficulties leading to the closure of Press Gang in 1993.

Record types includes articles of incorporation; correspondence and reports; meeting agendas, minutes and supporting papers; collective agreements; photographs; ledgers, financial statements, income tax returns, and annual reports; printing samples (newsletters, newspapers, leaflets, brochures, posters, cards and other graphical material); production logbooks and customer accounts; and a Press Gang quilt.

Press Gang Printers

Thelma Finlayson fonds

  • F-37
  • Fonds
  • 1950 - 1999

Fonds consists of records made or received by Thelma Finlayson. Records reflect Professor Finlayson's research interests, teaching activities, administrative service to SFU, and participation in scholarly organizations. Includes correspondence, referee reports, lecture schedules, midterm exams, final exams, marking schemes, laboratory lessons, newsletters, agendas, publications, press releases, newspaper clippings, drawings and graphs.
Fonds is arranged into 5 series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. SFU subject files
  3. Publications
  4. Course files
  5. Drawings

Finlayson, Thelma

Simon Fraser collection

  • F-208
  • Collection
  • 1803 - [ca. 2014]

Collection consists of records relating to the personal history and genealogy of the university's namesake, the explorer, Simon Fraser. Records include; correspondence, working papers, reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs and negatives, drawings, artifacts and textiles.

Margo Dunn fonds

  • F-115
  • Fonds
  • 1968 - 1993

The fonds is comprised of the records of Ariel Books and a number of subject files compiled or collected by Margo Dunn. Records reflect Margo Dunn's business interest as owner of Ariel Books, and her role as collector of the records of the Vancouver women's movement.

Includes correspondence, financial records, log books, promotional material, catalogues, articles, clippings, manuscripts, artifacts, and ephemera.

Dunn, Margo

TeleLearning Network Inc. fonds

  • F-172
  • Fonds
  • 1994 - 2002

The fonds consists of records made or received by the TeleLearning Network's management office in the course of administering the Network's affairs.

Activities documented include Annual General Meetings and meetings of the Board of Directors and TeleLearning committees, Network financial administration and budgeting, communications, media relations and web presence, the holding of annual TeleLearning Conferences, NCE reporting, management of research projects, and promotion of TeleLearning spin-off companies.

Records include meeting agendas, minutes and supporting papers; NCE application submissions and working papers; reports, including Annual Reports, NCE statistical reports and the final NCE report; letters patent of incorporation, Network internal agreements, memoranda of agreement, by-laws, policies and procedures; correspondence, notes, and working papers; budgets, financial statements, audit reports, tax returns, year-end documents and planning documents; conference programs, audio tapes of conference presentations, conference promotional material and artifacts; TeleLearning software products on CD ROM, and TeleLearning's web site (burned onto a CD in September 2002); communications plan, press releases and press clippings.

Record media include paper, electronic (spreadsheets, word-processing documents, graphics formats, and html files), optical disks, audio tapes, photographs, graphics and artifacts.

TeleLearning Network Inc.

Mark Winston fonds

  • F-174
  • Fonds
  • 1955 - 2014

The fonds consists of records created and received by Mark Winston as a young scholar; biology professor at Simon Fraser University; professor and fellow with SFU's Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue (USD) program and Centre for Dialogue; instructor in related dialogue, facilitation, and leadership courses and programs; author; and consultant in the field of apiculture, as well as dialogue and facilitation. The fonds also consists of records relating to the development of the Centre for Dialogue and its programs by Winston in his capacity as the Centre's academic director. It also includes official university records documenting the establishment, development, and operation of the USD program by Winston as director of the program.

Activities, topics and events documented include correspondence with family, friends and colleagues; education and career records; research awards; SFU teaching notes, course outlines, and exams; Bee Masters course notes and planning records; graduate student supervision files; research notes, book drafts, manuscript submissions and published copies; financial working papers and grant applications; consulting correspondence; organization of the Apimondia '99 conference held in Vancouver; participation in local and international professional apiculture and other organizations; and the establishment and administration of the USD and Centre for Dialogue programs.

The types of documents include correspondence, transcripts, contracts, reports, research notes, agendas and minutes, certificates, budget reports, books, newspapers and journals, photographs, teaching slides, interview tapes, and audio visual materials.

Fonds is arranged into 9 series:

  1. Family, education and career records
  2. Correspondence
  3. Teaching records
  4. Research records
  5. Grant and funding records
  6. Consulting records
  7. Apimondia '99 Conference
  8. Professional organizations
  9. Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue and Centre for Dialogue records

Winston, Mark

Paul Delany fonds

  • F-189
  • Fonds
  • 1960 - 1999

Fonds consists of records arising from the academic and professional life of Paul Delany. Activities and topics include course planning, academic articles and reviews, research and drafts for his books, academic conference attendance, refereed and non-refereed articles, book reviews. Fonds also consists of records arising out of his university committee work, work with graduate students, departmental planning, grant writing and applications. Finally, there are some records relating to non-SFU organizations.

The fonds consists of articles, research, manuscripts, course syllabi, notes, minutes, correspondence, grant applications, conference papers and proceedings.

The fonds is arranged in 5 series:

  1. Articles and reviews
  2. DH Lawrence's Nightmare
  3. The Neo-pagans
  4. Academic and administration
  5. NDP policy subcommittee on advanced education

Delany, Paul

Hugh Keenleyside interview collection (Peter Stursberg collector)

  • F-137
  • Collection
  • 1980

Journalist Peter Stursberg interviewed Hugh Keenleyside as part of an oral history project for the Parliamentary Library and the National Archives of Canada. Dr. Keenleyside was a former chair of the B.C. Power Commission and played an important role in the development of hydroelectric power in B.C.

The collection consists of three files containing the complete transcripts of two interviews.

Stursberg, Peter

Hari Sharma fonds

  • F-251
  • Fonds
  • 1949 - 2010

Fonds consists of records relating to the personal, political, and academic life of Hari P. Sharma. Activities, topics, and events documented include community activism for human rights and social justice of minorities and underrepresented groups; academic conference attendance and presentations; Sharma's research, writing, photography, and publications; his social life and relationships; and his death and memorial.

Sharma, Hari

Maggie Benston fonds

  • F-126
  • Fonds
  • 1966 - 1972

Fonds consists of records reflecting the academic and personal interests of Maggie Benston. The fonds is arranged in 5 series: Research files, Women's Caucus, Subject files, Publications, and Personal documents.

Benston, Maggie

Iris Garland fonds

  • F-197
  • Fonds
  • [194-?] - 2003

Fonds consists of records relating to the academic and professional life of Iris Garland, and in part to her personal life. Activities, topics, and events documented include Garland’s establishment of SFU’s dance program; course development and instruction, including early telelearning education; independent and university choreography work; university and dance community service; presentations and writing; education and employment; and some of her early life. Records include notes, course syllabi, copies of clippings and reviews, performance programmes, reports, proposals, publications, correspondence, photographic materials, and sound and moving image recordings.

Fonds is arranged into 10 series:

  1. Personal records
  2. Teaching records
  3. SFU dance program history and development
  4. SFU dance workshops and productions
  5. Choreography records
  6. Correspondence
  7. Writing
  8. Conference and professional affiliation records
  9. Grant files
  10. Special media

Garland, Iris

Canadian Women Voters Congress fonds

  • F-235
  • Fonds
  • 1998-2009

Fonds consists of records relating to the administration of the Canadian Womens Voters Congress as well as to the operation of the Women's Campaign School. Records include correspondence, presentations, newsletters, reports, media releases, videocassettes, audiocassettes, photographs, and electronic files. The fonds is arranged in 3 series: Board Meeting Minutes, Administration, and the Women's Campaign School.

Canadian Women Voters Congress

Academic Planning Office fonds

  • F-49
  • Fonds
  • 1961 - 1972

Fonds consists of records of the Academic Planner for SFU. Fonds includes, correspondence, policies, reference material, and other materials. Materials relate to the formation of University policies, the appointment of University faculty and staff, the dissemination of information regarding SFU through various media outlets, and other functions.

Academic Planning Office

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